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Vol. LIX, No. 17
August 24, 2007
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NIH Bone Marrow Drive Set, Aug. 30

The NIH chapter of Blacks In Government (BIG) and the NIH Marrow Donor Program are recruiting volunteers to join the National Bone Marrow Registry. A bone marrow registration drive will be held Thursday, Aug. 30 from noon to 1 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Marrow transplants are life-saving treatments for people with leukemia, lymphoma and many other diseases. The registry contains more than 10 million potential donors. Because tissue type is inherited, matches are most likely made with someone from a similar racial and ethnic background. BIG and the donor program are working to improve the registry's diversity. For details about the NIH event, call Earl Simmons at (301) 435-4365.

NIH Hosts Vitamin D Meeting, Sept. 5-6

The NIH Office of Dietary Supplements is sponsoring the conference “Vitamin D and Health in the 21st Century—An Update” Sept. 5-6 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. At this follow-up to a 2003 NIH Vitamin D conference, speakers will present the salient points of past and emerging research, including an ODS-sponsored Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality evidence report. The goals are to evaluate the efficacy and safety of vitamin D; identify gaps in knowledge on the efficacy and safety of vitamin D; inform NIH and other federal agencies on vitamin D and health research priorities; and to disseminate the conference findings to the broad scientific nutrition community. The conference— cosponsored by NCI, NIAMS and the American Society for Nutrition—is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register at vitamindandhealth.od.nih.gov, where more conference material is available.

NIDA Journal Changes Name

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is changing the name of its scientific journal Perspectives to the Journal of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, beginning with the November issue. The new title is designed to better reflect the journal’s commitment to covering the exchange of ideas among researchers, clinicians and others in the field of addiction science. NIDA will also increase the number of issues from once to twice a year to accommodate the sizeable portfolio of scientific literature being produced in the growing field of drug abuse and addiction research. The peer-reviewed NIDA publication is the most widely distributed journal on addiction science.

2-Day Functional Genomics Symposium Set

The fifth annual Symposium on the Functional Genomics of Critical Illness and Injury, “Forging a Critical Alliance: Are We Meeting the Need?” will be held at Natcher Conference Center on Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 15 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event will assemble multidisciplinary acute and critical care specialists, microbiologists, immunologists, cell biologists, molecular biologists, experts in high-throughput technologies and computational scientists to discuss the application of functional genomic approaches to critical illness and injury. Deadline for submitting abstracts is Sept. 14. Registration ends Oct. 15. For more information visit www.strategicresults.com/fg5.

Principles of Clinical Research Class

Registration for the 2007-2008 “Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research” has begun. The course will run from Oct. 15 through Feb. 25, 2008. The deadline for registering is Oct. 5. Classes will be held on campus on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5 to 6:30. There is no charge for the course but purchase of a textbook is suggested. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course, including a final exam. For more information or to register, visit www.cc.nih.gov/researchers/training/ippcr.shtml or call (301) 496-9425.

NIDDK Unveils Web Site Makeover

Dynamic graphics and an enhanced layout define the redesigned web site launched by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.  

NIDDK's web site reformat is aimed at best directing the site's users-scientists, health care professionals and the public-to the topics and sections they seek.   

While the fundamental architecture of information remained stable in the redesign process, the committee advancing the design sought to update the site's look and feel and improve the immediate success of information seekers.

"Our new design should save researchers, health professionals and the public valuable time finding important scientific and consumer health information," said NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers. "We are continually striving to make our resources more readily available to a wider audience and in the latest formats. The web site plays a key role in helping to disseminate this information."

The NIDDK web site, which receives nearly 2 million visits per month, scored an 83 out of 100 possible points on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) for March to June 2007, making it a top-performing site. ACSI measures the performance of about 200 private-sector companies and many government agencies. Visitors rate government web sites on various components of overall satisfaction such as ease of search and navigation, look and feel, functionality and content. Ratings are converted to a score on a 100-point scale using ACSI methodology.

The web site features a reference collection, an interactive health tools portal, an image library and portals containing health information in Spanish. To visit, go to www.niddk.nih.gov -

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